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Swedlow, Stephen A.

Stephen A. Swedlow

Direct Tel: +1 312-705-7488
Tel: +1 312 705 7400 Fax: +1 312 705 7401

Stephen Swedlow is Co-Managing Partner of the Chicago office of Quinn Emanuel Trial Lawyers and is a trial expert who has focused his entire career on complex civil cases, having tried over 20 cases to verdict both as lead counsel for plaintiffs and defendants.  He recently obtained judgments against the US Government in precedent setting litigation, recovering $3.7 billion for health insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act.  Additional claims against the US Government are still pending. He currently serves as court appointed lead counsel in multidistrict class action litigation against Facebook on behalf of all Facebook users for antitrust and privacy misrepresentations.  He also serves as lead counsel in class actions against Amazon for privacy violations on behalf of children unlawfully recorded by Alexa.  Mr. Swedlow has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in over 100 class action cases in state and federal court across the country in technology, privacy, environmental and consumer protection cases. He is is one of the few attorneys in the country who has served as lead counsel in two successful class action trials actually tried to verdict.

With respect to trade secrets litigation, he again represents both plaintiffs and defendants in cases across the world based on technologies in various fields including: cellular, medical information and software development and design.

With respect to patent litigation, he has tried to verdict successful claims on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, developing innovative damages theories in the context of comparable licensing affirmed by the Federal Circuit.    

After completing his clerkship for Judge Farris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1996, his practice has included first chair jury trials in many complex subject matters, including intellectual property, antitrust, environmental, class action, wage/hour/employment, and products liability.  Mr. Swedlow was a Trial Lawyer of the Year finalist in 2003 for obtaining the largest civil verdict in Illinois history and has been an Illinois “Super Lawyer” from 2006-2017.  He has served as lead counsel in multi-party jury trials and arbitrations, led large, multi-party litigation efforts, and argued (and won) important appeals, including several before state Supreme Courts and federal appellate courts. 

In a career spanning over 25 years, Mr. Swedlow has successfully represented a variety of clients including: public corporations, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, private technology start-ups, private shareholders, institutional investors, and plaintiff classes – including Qualcomm, Nuvia, Uber Technologies, GrubHub, IQVIA, IMS/Quintiles, Lucent, Nokia, Colgate-Palmolive, AT&T, and comScore.  On the Plaintiffs’ side, Mr. Swedlow has obtained billions in recovery for individual plaintiffs and plaintiffs’ classes.  On the defense side, Mr. Swedlow has tried to verdict cases ranging from patent litigation, products liability, class actions, to environmental liability.  He has defeated at trial claims brought by state and federal governmental agencies and served as lead counsel on antitrust claims that arise over the assertion in federal court and the ITC of patents essential to technology standards.  He has been called upon by many of his clients in times of crisis to defend against claims for preliminary injunctions seeking to shut down their businesses.  Mr. Swedlow has both obtained injunctions and defeated such claims all across the country on issues ranging from antitrust to technology trade secret misappropriation. . 

Mr. Swedlow has over 25 years of experience litigating health care-related and pharmaceutical disputes.  Currently, he serves as lead counsel in certified class action on behalf of health insurance companies against the US Government seeking Cost Share Reduction payments due under the Affordable Care Act, following on the successful claims totally $3.7 billion against the government already recovered.

Before joining Quinn Emanuel, he founded his own law firm of Swedlow & Associates where he was one of the few lawyers ever to serve as lead trial counsel on two separate class action trials taken to verdict. 

Throughout his career, he has provided legal services to those in need on a pro bono basis.  For example, he served as pro bono counsel in a series of cases against Matthew Hale and his neo-Nazi organization World Church of the Creator stemming from one of his follower’s (Benjamin Smith) murder spree resulting in the death of Ricky Byrdsong and five other victims.

He is an invited lecturer Northwestern University Law School on statutory torts, complex civil litigation and class actions. 

  • Lead counsel in ongoing opt-in class actions which have already resulted in final judgments against the US Government on behalf of health insurance companies recovering $3.7 billion in unpaid Risk Corridors payments due under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Lead defense counsel in complex trade secrets claims brought by Apple against former iPhone chip designer.
  • Lead counsel in claims brought and against Qualcomm for alleged antitrust violations in the context of cell phone and wireless technology licensing.
  • Trial counsel in series of separate trade secrets claims for IQVIA, IMS/Quintiles as both plaintiffs and defendants against Veeva, 4G Clinical and Medimpact.
  • Trial counsel in Price v. Philip Morris for an 8-week trial resulting a $10.1 billion judgment entered against Philip Morris—the largest verdict in the history of the Illinois court system.
  • Argued the appeal of Price v. Philip Morris, 848 N.E.2d 1, 33 (Ill. 2005) before the Illinois Supreme Court.
  • Argued before the State Supreme Court in Barbara's Sales Inc., v. Intel Corp., 879 N.E.2d 910 (Ill. 2007).
  • Trial counsel in $100 million patent case on behalf of defendants Alcatel Lucent, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint resulting in a complete victory before a jury in an E.D. Texas patent infringement lawsuit where the jury found all of the asserted claims not infringed and invalid for anticipation, obviousness, and lack of written description.
  • Patent and antitrust counsel for Qualcomm in litigation against Apple, consumer antitrust plaintiffs and Federal Trade Commission.
  • Lead counsel for Uber Technologies in cases involving the Lanham Act, class actions and RICO claims filed across the United States in five different state and federal jurisdictions.
  • Co-lead counsel for Motorola and Google in multi-patent cases against Apple involving smartphone patents  and wireless communication standards-essential patents.
  • Trial counsel in antitrust action involving allegations of improper anti-competitive influence over the standard-setting processes for telecommunication technology standards and the allegedly unlawfully acquisition of monopoly power in several markets.
  • Counsel for Alcatel-Lucent in patent claims brought by Adaptix (Acacia subsidiary) involving methods and systems for allocating and assigning channels and groups/clusters of channels within OFDMA 4G LTE cellular networks.
  • Counsel for comScore (internet analytics company) in patent infringement claims, securities claims and putative class actions involving statutory and common law claims impacting scope of consent and personal information rights in the context of internet transactions.
  • Lead negotiating counsel for plaintiffs in pharmaceutical drugs-related settlements of $63.8 million and $100 million on behalf of nationwide classes consisting of individuals and corporations.
  • Lead counsel for Plaintiff class in a wage and hour class action on behalf of all hourly employees of Sport Chalet resulting in certified class settlement for over 3000 current and former employees.
  • Provided invited testimony before Illinois Senate Executive Committee regarding proposed bond cap legislation and was successful in defeating this legislative initiative in Illinois.  
  • The Ohio State University College of Law
    (J.D., summa cum laude, 1995)
    • Ohio State University Law Review:
      • Associate Editor
  • Miami University (Ohio) 
    (B.A., 1992)
  • The State Bar of Illinois
  • Korein Tillery:
    • Partner, 2008-2011
    • Attorney, 2001-2004
  • Swedlow & Associates:
    • Partner, 2004-2008
  • Latham & Watkins:
    • Litigation Attorney, 1996-2001
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Jerome Farris:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1995-1996
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 2003.
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” 2007, 2010 - 2021, and featured as such in Illinois Super Lawyers and Chicago Magazine.
  • “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Selected as a 2013-2021 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property by The American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Selected as one of Chicago's Top Rated Lawyers by ALM.
  • Northwestern University Law School:
    • Invited Lecturer on statutory torts, complex civil litigation, and class actions
  • Member, Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois